WATERVILLE — With nearly 22 minutes worth of pent-up frustration behind her, Lawrence’s Lauren Watson spun away from an Old Town defender at the top of the circle and unleashed a laser beam that sophomore goaltender Corinne Saucier — let alone any other cage-keeper — never had a chance to stop.

Watson’s goal with 8:34 left in the first half turned out to be all No. 4 Lawrence would need in a 4-0 win over No. 5 Old Town in a Northern Class B quarterfinal game Tuesday night at Bernatchez Field on the campus of Thomas College.

Watson finished the night with two goals and an assist. Alexis Chamberlain and McKenna Rogers scored the other goals for Lawrence.

The Bulldogs were kicking themselves for squandering five penalty corners in the game’s first 13 minutes. They had just one shot on goal when Watson carried to the top-middle of the circle, wound up and fired to Saucier’s left.

“It was too long for us not to score a goal,” Watson said. “We didn’t capitalize on the corners. We knew that if we got one, we were going to be able to come back and get more.”

With the win, the Bulldogs (12-3) will get more of Gardiner (13-2), the top seed, in a semifinal game Saturday. Lawrence handed the Tigers one of their two losses on the season, a 1-0 decision on Sept. 26.

“I know the players there are tough and I know that they want it just as much as we do,” Watson said.

The Bulldogs outshot the Coyotes 12-6 and enjoyed an 8-0 advantage in corners.

Lawrence needed just 47 seconds in the second half to take a 2-0 lead that seemed to deflate Old Town — which has just two seniors on its roster — when Watson set up Chamberlain with a nice pass in front.

“It was a pass across and I had my stick out and it just deflected off my stick,” Chamberlain said. “I was shocked on that one.”

“That was the game-changer, definitely,” Old Town coach Jamie Emerson added. “I don’t think today was a good representation of how we’ve played all season. I think we came out and were very timid. Not to take away from Lawrence because they are a fantastic team and played very well. I don’t know who number six (Watson) is, but she’s fantastic.”

Watson fired off another impressive, hard shot from the top right of the circle to widen the lead to 3-0 with 13:33 to go.

“That was pure luck, actually,” Watson said. “I saw the goalies foot and I thought she was going to stop it. But it skidded underneath it.”

Rogers added the icing with 4:47 to go.

Lawrence goalie Emily Tozier finished with six saves.

Randy Whitehouse — 621-5638

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